January 26, 2022

Bare Knuckle FC president confirms Paige VanZant will fight again, targeting April or May return

Bare Knuckle FC president David Feldman has confirmed that Paige VanZant will fight again despite back-to-back defeats.

VanZant went 0-2 with the Bare Knuckle FC last year after losing decisions to Britain Hart and Rachael Ostovich. With the defeats, fans have been wondering whether VanZant would still want to see out her four-fight contract with the promotion.

During a recent chat with MMA Fighting, Feldman confirmed that VanZant will indeed be fighting for the Bare Knuckle FC again.

She’s going to be fighting again. We were thinking about throwing her on the KnuckleMania card, too. I thought it was too much and we needed to just spread it out a little. I don’t have an exact date but I’d love to get her back in April. It would be great to get her back and there’s a lot of talent out there that would be good opponents for her, April-May-ish. So we’re going to be talking to [her manager] Malki [Kawa] and hopefully lock that in but we’ve already started the preliminary conversation. She knows that she’s going to get ready to fight soon.” he said.

I’m confident that she will [fight for BKFC again]. Look, like I said before, she didn’t have to fight bare-knuckle. She had other options but she tested herself and then she lost. Then she came back and tested herself again and she lost [again]. But neither of those fights are you like ‘oh my god, Paige got her ass kicked!’ Neither of those fights at all. You were like ‘good fights and Paige lost.’ No big deal. Everybody said she fought tough. She fought very tough.” he explained.

Feldman is hopeful that with VanZant’s two-fight experience, she’ll be able to put on a better showing when she returns later this year.

It’s not like she doesn’t belong here in this sport. She’s schooling herself, she’s got two good experiences under her belt, she knows what went wrong and what to make right. We’ll see what happens. Like you and I talked about with any fighter, you can’t keep saying ‘well next time, next time, next time.’ Here’s the next time. We’ll match her accordingly and hopefully it works out for her.” he continued.

Fight fans, are you excited for Paige VanZant’s return to the Bare Knuckle FC ring? Who would you like to see her fight? Let us know in the comments section below.

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